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Boris was my companion, my best friend, my backbone and my inspiration. He was everything to me.

For anyone who has ever loved and lost a dog.

"Once In A Lifetime Dog, My Borisangel", is the true, heartwarming story of Chantelle Hildreth’s journey into adulthood with her dog, Boris, a massive, elegant white beast with more personality, grace and charm than most people you’ll ever meet.

He was her companion and best friend, at her side every step of the way. Boris was Chantelle’s study partner through the rigors of law school, her backbone in her first teaching position and the inspiration for the purchase of her first home. He was the first child of her marriage and an infallible source of comfort and strength through the trials of her pregnancy.

In this touching and humorous story about the deep connection between an extraordinary dog and his owner, Chantelle battles rats, adopts a fashion statement that incorporates dog hair and bases her life’s decision making in devotion to her special dog.

"Once In A Lifetime Dog, My Borisangel" is a true story of unconditional love, the heartache of loss and the astonishing and uncanny ability of the special animals in our lives to teach some of the most profound life lessons.

It is a love story. A story of how much a dog loved his owner and just how much she loved him, a love that changed her forever.

Boris stood by the one he loved, so in the end, when he left her, she could stand-alone.

For anyone who has ever had that one special dog, this touching story will rekindle both the joy and the heartache we experienced and take us back to the unconditional love we felt for that ever so special friend, the one who truly was, a once in a lifetime dog.

“This book is like a mirror, reflecting what we all feel when we truly love someone. It details the life, adventure and heartache of having a ‘best friend.’ The bond between dog and owner is vividly described and so beautifully depicted.

It will leave you thinking about a bond you shared, but could never quite explain. You’ll feel the heart-skipping joy and the never-ending emptiness we all feel when we love but then lose someone too soon. Dog lover or not, this is a love story that speaks to all of us.”
Allison Triarsi, KHOU TV News, Houston


About the Author

Chantelle Hildreth

Chantelle Hildreth lives in the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington with her husband, their two children and their three borzois, Chagall, Angelica and Searraes.

The forested coastal beauty of the Pacific Northwest at her doorstep and her three dogs at her side provide her with the ideal backdrop and inspiration for her writing.

Prior to becoming a writer, Chantelle was an attorney and professor of art history at several California colleges.

Chantelle will donate a substantial portion of the profits from the sale of each copy of "Once In A Lifetime Dog" to help animals left abandoned or homeless by the economic crisis.



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